Posted On 09 Sep 2019
On Thursday September 5th, the acclaimed multi-platinum pop singer- songwriter Andy Grammer performed at The Wiltern in Los Angeles.
This Don’t Give Up On Me Tour began on September 2nd in San Diego, CA and will wrap on November 1st in Boston, MA. Just before beginning this tour, Grammar released his long-awaited fourth studio album, Naive via S-Curve/BMG on July 26th.
The singer has taken the music world by storm with a succession of pop hits, six of which are certified gold or better. His debut album featured the platinum singles “Keep Your Head Up” and “Fine By Me.” Andy’s second album, Magazines or Novels, featured the quadruple platinum worldwide hit “Honey, I’m Good,” which was one of the best-selling songs of 2015, and the certified gold anthem “Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah).” Andy’s third full length album, “Good Parts” was released in 2017 and includes his global smash hit “Fresh Eyes.”
Andy brought all of these hits and much more to the Wiltern. He played most of his newest album, “Naive,” including the title song, “I Found You,” “She’d Say,” “Some Girl,” “I Am Yours,” “My Own Hero” and several others. During “Smoke Clears,” he and his band including 4 incredible back-up singers moved closer to the stage for a more intimate feeling. To everyone’s surprise and delight, they mashed Grammer’s song with Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber’s newest track, “I Don’t Care.” Those incredible back-up singers really got to impress on Grammer’s song “Spotlight.” Three of them had solo parts during this one and really belted it. Their harmonizing alone throughout the show was beautiful.
Throughout the show, Grammer effortlessly moved around the stage and between playing the piano and the guitar. He has a natural talent about him that is truly undeniable.
Next up, a cameraman came on stage and Andy said they would be shooting a Facebook Live video now. The musician then talked about losing his mom several years ago and what he learned from going through that immense pain. He gained empathy he never knew he had before. Then he asked if anyone in the sold-out crowd had ever gone through something awful and came out stronger. Eventually he picked a woman who
quickly got up to the stage to share her story. She explained that her mom died when she was 14-years-old and she was forced to raise her younger sister. She is a stronger women today and is now raising an even stronger and independent daughter today. While playing guitar, Andy then improvised a song about this woman while she sat on a stool next to him. “Wish You Pain” was performed next which is about just this very thing – feeling pain and learning to rise above it and grow from the experience. It was emotional and very touching to say the least and many eyes were certainly watering in the venue at this point during the concert.
Then at exactly the right time, Grammer lightened the mood very fast with a fun cover of Lizzo’s big hit “Juice.” He smoothly transitioned it into his lively song, “Fresh Eyes.”
He wrapped up the night with the energetic and rousing single “Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah).” The band’s full sound truly resonated throughout the Wiltern. It was hard not to get moving and singing along to the anthemic chorus.
Before performing the encore song, “Don’t Give Up On Me,” Andy Grammer pleaded with the mighty crowd to never give up on their own dreams and to keep pushing hard everyday. It was kind and sincere and truly the sign of a thoughtful artist that cares about his fans.
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